Open sourcing corporate IT

Greedy software companies may be in for a shock in 2013, especially if CIOs get serious about open source.

Just how and when technology will upend the traditional way of doing things is never an easy thing to predict. But reading the tea leaves can sometime open the doors to interesting possibilites. Earlier this month, Gartner presented their forecast of the business technology trends for 2013 and the technology analyst firm had a warning for software vendors.

According to Gartner's research director Darryl Carlton, software companies may be in for a surprise this year, especially if CIOs get serious about alternatives. One of Gartner's predictions for the IT industry this year is that Asian companies will drive a lot of the growth, with Indian, Chinese and Korean companies expected to see double digit employment growth while the rest of sector struggles.

One of the big areas of job growth will be in areas related to Big Data where job demand is expected to be 4.4 million jobs globally – however, Gartner only see a third of these positions being filled as employers face skills shortages.

Chinese brands will be one of the industry’s success stories in 2013 with Gartner expecting three of the five top mobile handset manufacturers to be vendors from the Middle Kingdom as cheap devices dominate the cheaper smartphone and tablet markets.

Those cheap devices will continue to drive smartphone and tablet adoption and as employees increasingly bring their own equipment to work, security will continue to occupy the minds of IT managers with Carlton predicting that employee owned equipment will suffer malware infections at twice the rate of corporate devices.

Social media is also expected to add risks to corporate data with Carlton seeing 40 per cent of enterprise contact information being leaked onto Facebook by 2017.

There is also a question who owns the data in the company CRM, “when a new employee arrives with 500 LinkedIn contacts – who owns that list?” Asks Darryl. 

Increasingly there is going to be a blurred line between public, private and corporate information which will test privacy laws and organisations’ policies.

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